Thanksgiving — A Time to be Grateful for Family
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 9:00 AM
This week we celebrate my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving! Despite the media push for Black Friday madness and “doorbuster deals” that can’t be passed up, I believe Thanksgiving still holds a special place in our lives. It certainly does for me.
As a child, I remember making turkeys out of pine cones, decorating the dinner table with a cornucopia filled with gourds and beautiful maple leaves, and spending the day in the kitchen with Mom cooking the traditional feast. Most of all, I remember being with family and friends — parents, grandparents, siblings, and cousins, all enjoying each other’s company! While Thanksgiving is only one day of the year, enjoying and appreciating one’s family can and should be done year-round.
Recently, I made a new friend who reminded me of that important fact. She is caring for her spouse who has a very serious medical condition. We spoke for a long time, and I was inspired by her kindness, strength, and gratefulness. She told me that she wakes up thankful each day for the time she has with her husband; for another day is a gift, making every day her Thanksgiving. Her words made a big impression on me, and they helped me appreciate my own life experiences — the good and the bad. It is in those life-defining moments when I truly appreciate the gifts I’ve been given.
One of those gifts that I am forever grateful for is being able to celebrate another year cancer-free. I literally have an “army” of family and friends who have given me strength and inspiration to beat this disease. We all have an “army” of loved ones who stand beside us through thick and thin.
Among my support team is my BSM family. I’ve been blessed to be part of BSM for 30 years, and my “work” family has been an incredible gift! We truly are a family; enjoying each other’s company and supporting each other with kindness and respect. This is a reflection of the special culture that Founder and President Bruce Maller has created, for which we are all very grateful — myself included.
My BSM family is not limited to internal staff; it also includes clients and business colleagues. I’ve had the good fortune to work with and develop lasting friendships with so many people over the years, and I consider you to be part of my work family. It’s truly an honor and privilege to know and interact with each of you!
Life goes by lightning fast. As the holidays approach, I encourage you to take time this Thanksgiving to appreciate the special holiday for what it offers — a time to relax and go for a walk in the fall air, get up early to make stuffing for the turkey and bake pies, watch football, or participate in the local turkey trot … and most importantly, spend the day with loved ones giving thanks for each other.
Best wishes to you and your families for a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!